Joe Portugal’s experienced killing before. He’s seen gunmen mow down a friend on little more than a whim. He’s known greed and ambition to drive his friends to murder. But now he’s face to face with a whole new degree of wickedness.
A show business prodigy has been shot dead. Though no one—except perhaps the man’s father—will mourn him, his demise puts Joe in debt to a shadowy presence whose sway extends deep into Southern California industry, government, and law enforcement. And suddenly Joe begins to suspect that everyone he knows—his protégé, stunning television star Ronnie McKenzie; his new wife, Gina; and most disturbing of all, his prison vet father—is part of that clandestine coterie known as “the manipulated.”
Nathan Walpow’s “snappy Chandleresque dialogue” (Los Angeles Times) adds punch to this intricate, darkly witty whodunit set in the trashier byways of Tinseltown.
Praise for THE MANIPULATED:
“I thought the last Joe Portugal mystery, One Last Hit, was unbeatable. Wrong. The Manipulated is even better. Suddenly this is a must-read series.” —Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels
The Logan Triad includes three novellas:
In “Logan’s Young Guns,” a young woman shows up in the emergency room, and Logan sets out to find the man responsible and make sure he doesn’t do it again.
In “Logan Shoots First,” the team must balance a forced-prostitution ring with a lead on the case that’s haunted Logan for seven years.
In “Logan Gets Caught,” a young woman from Logan’s past reappears, insisting he investigate the murder of her mother.
Plus the bonus stories “Daughters” and “Johnny and the Warehouse Women.”
Praise for Nathan Walpow…
“There’s truth and humanity baked into his writing. I rate him among my absolute favorites.” —Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers.
It’s been thirty years since Joe Portugal put his electric guitar away. Maybe that’s one reason he’s suffering a serious case of the mid-life doldrums. Then Joe stumbles upon a chance to put the band he was in as a teenager back together. And maybe his life too. All he has to do is find the lead guitarist, who hasn’t been seen since the 70s. But when he starts to look, it’s quickly clear that someone doesn’t want to see a reunion tour...someone who’s very handy with a gun.
Praise for the Joe Portugal mysteries:
“I love reading Nathan Walpow books…a solid, intelligent mystery…add Walpow’s marvelous sense of humor and you’ll see why he’s winning new fans ever day.” —Jan Burke, Edgar Award-winning author
“Snappy Chandleresque dialogue.” —Los Angeles Times
“Joe’s wry sense of humor will convert readers into loyal fans.” —Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
“This guy is a hell of a writer.” —Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series